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Federal Government Called Upon to Resolve Lobster Dispute

Above Photo: People in support of the moderate livelihood fishery launched by the Sipekne’katik First Nation watch from the rocks near the Saulnierville wharf on St. Mary’s Bay in Digby County. Kathy Johnson photo Moderate Livelihood Fishery Launched by First Nations Creates Unknowns, Confusion and Conservation Concerns for Industry There are more questions than answers in the wake of the self-regulated, moderate livelihood fishery launched by two First Nations bands in Nova ...

LFA 33-34 Lobster Fishery Set to Open Nov. 30

Above photo: Shelburne County lobster fisherman Josh Garron paints buoys for the upcoming season in Southwestern Nova Scotia. Kathy Johnson photos   Weather permitting, the commercial lobster fishery in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFA) 33 and 34 will open on Nov. 30 this year. The largest lobster fishery in Canada, more than 4,000 fishermen will head to sea aboard the 979 licenced vessels in LFA 34 and 683 in LFA 33 for the six-month season. Given the economic turmoil and ...

Cautious Optimism Surrounds Opening of LFA 35 Fishery

There’s some optimism among licence holders as the first of the fall commercial lobster seasons in western Nova Scotia gets ready to open. October 14 is dumping day in lobster fishing area (LFA) 35 in the Bay of Fundy. “The old guys used to say if you didn’t catch them in the spring, you’ll catch them in the fall” and considering the spring season was “historically awful, I think there’s a lot of optimism among the licence holders in LFA 35 because the last few days of the ...

Project to Collect Lost Fishing Gear Kicks Off in Bay St. George

September 3 saw the start of a two-year project by the FFAW-Unifor to retrieve lost fishing gear around Newfoundland and Labrador as part of a larger national effort to remove ghost gear from Canadian waters. Early on, participants were happy to report gear such as rope, buoys and lobster pots have been retrieved from Bay St. George. The project is funded from the federal government’s Ghost Gear Fund and through consultations with fish harvesters, FFAW-Unifor has identified key areas to ...

N.S. Inshore Scallop Fishery on an Even Keel

Above photo: Cape Sable Island fisherman Garrett Cottreau passes a bag of scallop meats to be weighed during the last offload of the season on Aug. 28 at the Clark’s Harbour wharf. Kathy Johnson photo Another scallop season is in the books for Cape Sable Island fisherman Garrett Cottreau, president of the Tri-County Scallop Association. “We just finished fishing east of Baccaro (scallop fishing area 29 F). This year there were scallops everywhere. It was phenomenal,” said ...

Harvesting Plan Announced for Northern Cod Fishery

2020 Grade ‘A’ Price Down $0.10/Pound While the overall catch limit for the 2020 Northern cod stewardship fishery (12,350 tonnes) will be staying the same as last year, harvesters will not be getting the same price as they did in 2019. In its recent decision, the Newfoundland and Labrador Standing Fish Price Setting Panel selected the position of the Association of Seafood Processors (ASP), meaning that the 2020 late summer/fall price will be $0.80/pound for grade ‘A’ cod and the ...

The Green Crab Battle Continues

Research Underway for Use in Making Biodegradable Plastic From Shells   While the European green crab continues to top the invasive species most unwanted list, it could turn out to be useful on several fronts. Research is underway into the development of biodegradable plastic from the shell waste of crustaceans, including the invasive European green crab. Parks Canada has partnered with Dr. Audrey Moores, a McGill University chemistry professor, on the project. The partnership ...

2020 Northern Shrimp Prices Take a Major Hit

Despite Newfoundland and Labrador’s Standing Fish Price Setting Panel siding with the price put forth by harvesters this year, the 2020 season will still be a challenging one. The panel recently accepted the Fish Food and Allied Workers’ (FFAW-Unifor) price recommendation of $1.18/pound for Northern shrimp landed at the plant and $1.15/pound for trucked shrimp. Last year, fishermen were paid a minimum price of $1.78/pound. At the time, it represented an 18 per cent increase over the ...

Lobster Exporters Cautiously Optimistic Markets Will Continue to Recover

Above photo by Kathy Johnson While lobster exporters have been facing some COVID-19 obstacles moving product into China this summer, not all the news is bad. “In general, markets have recovered faster than we expected and we are cautiously optimistic that this will continue through the summer,” said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada (LCC). Irvine said the European Union markets are “opening slowly with volumes increasing in live and processed ...

Miawpukek First Nation Diversifying Fisheries Opportunities

State-of-the-Art Vessel Providing Aquaculture Net Cleaning Services Aunt Mali would be proud. She is the namesake of the new, state-of-the-art aquaculture support vessel built and configured to do in-situ net cleaning service for the aquaculture industry by Miawpukek First Nation (MFN)’s Netukulink Fisheries on Newfoundland’s south coast. Aunt Mali “was an elder in the community that’s no longer with us, but that name, it felt very fitting because Aunt Mali was the mother, the ...